ABOUT KADE: Kade Knoch, a 14-year-old sectional swimmer for King Marlin Swim Club, got into swimming at age 10 when baseball didn’t work out. He decided he liked it when his coach got in the water and made a game out of learning to swim. Since then, he’s swum all across the central United States working on that next best time. Kade currently holds 11 Oklahoma state records and has two appearances on USA Swimming’s All-Time Top 100s list. He also swims for Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., and in his first year set two individual records for his school. Now, Kade is working toward a Junior National cut. When he’s not at the pool, he can be found splashing in the creek behind his house or in his kitchen eating a huge bowl of pasta.
TRAVEL DAY | DAY ONE | DAY TWO | DAY THREE
MAY 9, 2015
Communication skills, being your own hero keys to success
Ahh, final day of camp. It's been exciting!
Our first meeting today is all about being good communicators with others for the greater good of the team.
We practice butterfly this morning. I'm pretty sure I lost my arms along the journey.
After practice and lunch, we meet again with the amazing Dr. Regina Lewis, who talks to us about being our own heroes. Shortly after comes a hail storm and some power yoga. It was interesting, to say the least.
And finally, our last practice. Sprinting. It was a happy and sad moment. Sad because it was the last practice of the trip but happy because we return home tomorrow.
After practice, we feast on a Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it's time for some rest.
MAY 8, 2015
Day two filled with breaststroke, backstroke and food
Now that I've finally gotten more than three hours of sleep, it wasn’t too bad to hear the alarm go off alerting us to breakfast. We're eating eggs, sausage, hash browns, oh, yum! Good thing we don't swim until 9.
After breakfast, I go to a session led by Micah Lawrence, a crazy-good breaststroker. She gives us very good insight on how to get better as a swimmer and person. She even comes to swim with us.
A little before swim practice, I get anxious to see what we're doing today. Soon I find out; it’s a breaststroker day. In the middle of practice, I was pretty sure my legs had fallen off. Luckily, they’re still here.
We have a session with Dr. Regina Lewis, founder and CEO of ReginaSpeakingLLC. She tells us to be our own leader. This was followed by the sweet victory of smoothies.
At our second practice, we focus on backstroke. I don't think I could have been happier in my life! It was just two hours of backstroke.
Finally, it’s dinner time! I eat chicken, steak, and pasta. It was so, so good.
MAY 7, 2015
Day one crazy, but exciting
Mom wakes me up because our flight has been canceled. Crazy Oklahoma weather! We had storms, winds, flooding and tornados. Did I mention that there were also TIGERS on the loose, wild tigers? This caused our flight to get canceled.
We stumble to the car to go pick up Coach Elise and head to Tulsa, an hour and a half away, for another flight. I instantly regret that I thought our original 5 a.m. wake-up time was bad.
As we approach the airport, Coach Elise's worst nightmare comes true; Starbucks is closed. As we get to our gate in Tulsa, I realize what happened. We have a full flight because OKC closed its airport.
When we get off the plane in Dallas, we walk like a mile and a half to make our connecting flight. I feel like I’m getting some shin splints. It’s serious.
We arrive in Colorado Springs. Somehow Coach Elise and I are the first arrivals. Since when does that happen?! After the rest of the swimmers arrive, we get on a bus to go to the training center where a coach tells us not to overeat?!?!? Like what…no!
As swim practice approaches, I realize that altitude training isn't nearly as hard as it was made out to be.
During our meetings today, we learned that as a group, potential rises for success.
MARCH 6, 2015, 9:30 P.M.
Day before camp, and I'm already running late. Crazy Oklahoma weather. Oh well, means more sleep for my coach, Elise King, and me. Super excited for camp tomorrow and can't wait to see all the other athletes and coaches!